We hope your time off campus has allowed you to reconnect and recharge, to reconnect with the people you care about and recharge your enthusiasm for learning and growth.
As we approach the spring semester, let me first acknowledge how proud I am of you: Fall was tough for everyone, but you faced challenges and did better than we could have imagined.
I personally have reason to hope that the spring semester will be better:
- Vaccine release is increasing, and as more and more people are vaccinated, that should make our campus and our communities safer in the coming months. Meanwhile, in We saw this fall semester that following college security protocols helps protect ourselves, and we will continue to stick to what we know is a good thing. Please read the Monday morning memo carefully each week to stay on top of the tests and vaccination updates.
- We also know more about what works and what doesn't in this learning environment. You and your instructors should be better prepared this semester to focus on getting the most out of our new Your time in the classroom, online or on Zoom. Everyone has reason to enter spring with more confidence.
However, we recognize that things will not always be easy this semester. Please practice self-care and contact me, your faculty, or any of our staff if you begin to have difficulties. The sooner you seek help, the easier it will be to get back on track.
Remember also that the university offers counseling services. You can call the University Counseling Center at 662-915-3784, Monday through Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or the UM Department of Psychology at 662-915-7385.
We will try to communicate more frequently and look for additional ways to connect as the semester progresses. We encourage you to follow us on social media, simply log into your favorite platform and search for "umjourimc". In the meantime, stay safe and remember that together we are stronger.
Dr. Deb Wenger
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